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Scientists confirm Hayabusa-2’s return capsule brought back material from Ryugu

Based on their first observations of the return capsule from Hayabusa-1, Japanese scientists yesterday confirmed that it successfully has returned material from the asteroid Ryugu.

JAXA said in a statement that they observed the sandy material at the entrance of the collection chamber, but have yet to look inside to see if more asteroid dust is lurking there. It is only the second time that scientists have returned material from an asteroid.

This find in the entrance portends a gold mine of material in the collection chamber itself.

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  • LocalFluff

    I read that the estimated combined mass of the two samples (surface and subsurface) is only 100 mg. Or 0.0035 ounces. I suppose that is enough to achieve the science goals of the mission, but maybe it will limit the sharing of it with other science teams that would like to make some specific analysis, now and in the future.

    Handling “soil” on celestial bodies robotically seems to be difficult. Both current asteroid missions had different problems and Insight can’t get its hammer drill to move into to Mars’ surface. Asteroid mining obviously isn’t like picking up gold nuggets from the ground in Klondike. Jeffrey Tucker (the Mises Institute guy) once talked about a book about three guys from New York who went to the west coast during the gold rush. How did they get there? They walked! And two of them died on the way. The third never found any gold but got rich from selling equipment to the gold diggers. So it is never easy on the frontier and one never knows how it turns out.

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